It may an unusual topic to garner such a lot of attention from the media and the public, but the bathroom bill is certainly in the spotlight now, again, in Texas. While in most other states, the issue surrounding the use of public bathrooms by transgender members of the public has not made the headlines recently, in Texas, this continues to be a topic that is very much in the eye of the storm.
The issue at hand
The core of the matter is the use of public bathrooms by transgender people. The Bathroom Bill that proposed the transgender individuals to use the bathrooms depending on the gender that is mentioned on their birth certificate is at the center of this issue. In Texas, this issue is still being debated hotly and Legislature is all set to hold a special session to bring this bill back. Meanwhile, conservative groups have made it clear that they want the bill approved.
In contrast, there is also much opposition to the bill and the critics are terming it as a completely discriminatory bill that should not become law at any cost. Viewing the bill as discriminatory are some influential names, including brands Apple and NFL. There has also been an indication that the lawmakers who reject the bill will be viewed as being partial to conservative groups.
The March version had been moderate
A version of the bill had been formulated by the Senate in March after the regular session of the Legislature came to a close without any concrete decision being taken on this bill. However, the Senate's strict bill was toned down considerably by the House, in particular, through the efforts of Joe Strauss who has been staunchly opposing the bill right from the beginning. The toned down version would apply only to public schools. However, the Senate did not accept it and this resulted in a stalemate on this issue.
Opposing the law, are transgender groups and gay rights activists apart from other civil rights organizations who believe that it could impair transgender rights. It should also be considered that these groups do not play a very active role in the state's GOP primaries, so their influence may be subdued. Conservative Republicans have been putting in some efforts to promote the bill and ads have also been utilized to further this agenda, but it remains to be seen how successful they have been.